For many in Okhla the name of Batla House resident Razia Bano must be an unknown one, but not for sports buffs who regularly follow wrestling and taekwondo.
Twenty-three-year-old Razia, who has won several medals in wrestling 72 category and taekwondo and national level, is getting ready to a different type of battle in which she has to defeat her political rivals to turn up winner.
A JD(U) candidate from Okhla’s ward number 101 Sarita Vihar, she is making her political debut being up against more seasoned rivals like sitting Congress councillor Nitu and AAP’s Juhi Khan. Despite being new to politics, Razia, who is also aiming to represent India at the Olympics, is confident to sail through.
“In Sarita Vihar, cases of eve-teasing are rampant and girls feel insecure in this area. And, the police are not doing anything about it. In fact, they have shamelessly said girls must take responsibility of their own safety,” said Razia, who basically from Mewat in Haryana has been staying in Okhla for the last seven years.
It was during her championship contest to Patna that she was known to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said Razia, adding that the CM wanted me to take political plunge.
“I am thankful to the CM for providing me an opportunity to serve the people. Since my childhood other than winning laurels for my country, I always dreamt of serving the people and today I got this opportunity. If voted to power, I will work for the uplift of the locality that needs improvement in basic amenities,” said Razia.
To win hearts and minds of the voters, Razia has already started door-to-door campaign in the locality with large number of population from people of Bihar.
A woman of action, she plans to teach self-defence skills to girls so that they keep their tormentors at bay.